Michigan State vs. Grand Valley State

JENISON, Michigan, November 12. THE Michigan State swimming & diving team posted a men’s and women’s sweep over Grand Valley State on Friday, Sept. 12 at Jenison High School. The men topped the Lakers 149-87 while the women downed GVSY 155-82. This marked the third straight year the event was held at Jenson High School.

“First, I want to thank Grand Rapids,” said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. “Tonight, there was a great crowd. This was a great experience for both the team and the program.”

Alex Pierce, Kerry Sodonis, Becca Ebner and Jenny Rusch won the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:46.90. The men followed suit with a first-place finish in the 200 yard medley relay with Jacob Jarzen, Kevin Puskaric, Josh Geschwendt and Brandon Williams winning with a time of 1:32.18.

Rachel Wilson won the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 10:28.15 while Whitney Woodbridge was second with a 10:34.57 mark.

Brad Gillilan and Pat Falconer finished first and second, respectively, in the 1000 yard freestyle. Gillilan finished in 9:32.98 while Falconer clocked in at 9:43.98.

KJ Burkland led the women in the 200 yard freestyle with a clocked time of 1:57.02. The men, led by Colby Ward and Kevin Puskaric, gave MSU the sweep of the event. Ward was first with a time of 1:42.33 and Puskaric was second with a 1:43.59 mark.
Brooke Telander, Lauren Daugherty and Tori Merritt finished first, second and third, respectively, in the 50 yard freestyle. Telander led all swimmers with a time of 24.75. Daughterty finished in 24.76 while Merritt clocked in at 24.86.

Brandon Williams and Jason Lintjer placed first and second in the 50 yard freestyle with times of 21.37 and 21.81, respectively.

Alex Pierce claimed the 200 yard IM crown with a time of 2:10.46. Jacob Jarzen, Nick Roberts and Mark Schramm swam one, two and three in the event for MSU. Jarzen clocked in at 1:53.26 while Roberts finished in 1:56.27 and Schramm in 1:57.11.

In the diving events, Jordan Jackson led all divers with a score of 321.00 on the one meter. Ashley Borgman was second (304.65) and Sarah Clay was third (300.60). Ivan Zalessov claimed first place with a score of 359.70 and Brian Akers was second with a 281.02 mark.

Becca Ebner paced the women in the 200 yard butterfly with a winning time of 2:03.59. Ricky Forrest, Michael Uggeri and Sean Costello gave MSU the sweep on the men’s side. Forrest finished in 1:54.21 while Uggeri clocked in at 1:55.58 and Costello in 1:56.79.

Jenny Rusch, Tori Merritt and Summer Strickler placed in the top three of the 100 yard freestyle race. Rusch was first (52.89), Merritt second (53.04) and Strickler third (53.90)

Bryan Williams finished the 100 yard freestyle in 46.78 while Colby Ward was second in 48.37.

Maeve McHugh, Alex Pierce and Rachel Wilson gave MSU the sweep in the 200 yard backstroke. McHugh clocked in at 2:07.91 while Pierce finished in 2:10.05 and Wilson in 2:10.97.

KJ Burkland won the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:04.29. Brad Gillilan also won the 500 yard freestyle when he clocked in at 4:41.18. Nick Roberts finished second in the event with a 4:42.21 mark.

MSU swept the diving events when Sarah Clay, Jordan Jackson and Ashley Borgman sat atop the standings in the three meter. Clay recorded a 304.34 mark while Jackson scored 279.29 and Borgman 267.37.

Ivan Zalessov completed the sweep of the men’s diving events with a score of 367.20 in the three meter. Bryce Beyer was second with a 224.10 mark.

Kevin Puskaric and Jason Lintjer placed first and second in the 200 yard breaststroke. Puskaric finished in 2:01.57 and Lintjer in 2:09.47.

MSU’s 200 yard freestyle relay team of Morgan Piasecki, Tori Merritt, Jenny Rusch and Brooke Telander won the event in 1:36.52. The men’s relay team of Jacob Jarzen, Brandon Williams, Bryan Williams and Mark Schramm clocked in at 1:24.39 for the win.

The Spartans return to action when they travel to Atlanta, Ga., for the Georgia Tech Invitational Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 18 -20.

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